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immunity to parasites

At least some of the size 79 genotypes demonstrate some measure of resistance to parasites. If genotype 45aaa is introduced into a soup, flanked on each side with one individual of genotype 0079aab, 0045aaa will initially reproduce somewhat, but will be quickly eliminated from the soup. When the same experiment is conducted with 0045aaa and the ancestor, they enter a stable cycle in which both genotypes coexist indefinitely. Freely evolving systems have been observed to become dominated by size 79 genotypes for long periods, during which parasitic genotypes repeatedly appear, but fail to invade.

Thomas S.Ray
Thu Aug 3 15:47:29 JST 1995